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Old 7th August 2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default I Am Always Reading About People Needing Help With Twitter Followers

Here are some useful tips and apps for tweeting.


Design your twitter page with complete information.

Use Wefollow.com. Its a directory of twitter users.

Engage in conversations with your followers. Always update and retweet.

Buzzom.com. Helps you grow your followers and see those who aren't following you back.

Use Hootsuite. For schedules tweets. For more followers.

Twittermatch.com. So you can find the users looking for the same keywords as yours so you can follow them.


Hope you guys find these useful.

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Old 7th August 2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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Wow... I hate to be the one to toss cold water on anything... but as a business owner, I am not sure if any of them have enough time to get involved. I didn't count, but according to your information, there are about 4 other sites that I would have to join/register at in order to find/follow and tweet stuff. I am really sorry to say, but I can't see how this can drive traffic or business to a small business.

As an alternative, getting visitors on an E-Mail list... ahh... that's where the money is. That's easy... because I have a captive audience.

See... where I am going is that I consider my websites as a LEAD GENERATION tool. Yes, I sell products. But I don't START with the sale. I start with a give-a-way that puts free, helpful information into the visitors hands. It's got to be good information in order to keep them on my list.

With respect to twitter... I see that as WORKING to attract leads. If you do your SEO, the real prospects will find you. No questions asked.

I am sorry, and I am not trying to take away from your post, but can you explain how all this attracts customers? Because as it stands know, you've sort of lost me with all the different sites.

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Old 16th August 2011, 11:42 PM   #3
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I didn't know about those websites. Thanks for the information smallbus. Good job. I could definitely use some more followers.

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BeTheBest it really depends on your target market and being persistent, I agree for most small businesses there are far faster ways to make some coin like email.

My favorite twitter quote "Send 10,000 tweets then tell me twitter doesn't work", funny because it's true, you can't expect to tweet a few hundred times and be rolling in connections and clients.

Some of the above strategies focus on the I follow you if you follow me, I don't really buy into that, you just end up with a heap of bots and non engaged followers. Just check my account for an example http://www.twitter.com/buzzdan over 500 followers, I would rather have 100 engaged people.

Put out good content regularly and you will get followers, it takes a lot of time. I use http://timely.is each morning to post articles I know small businesses will be interested in (it schedules posts throughout the day). This takes less than 10 minutes.

At the end of the day the posts that get the most clicks, I repost on Google+ and Facebook using Hootsuite.

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Old 8th September 2011, 10:30 PM   #5
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Great discussion!

I am an advocate of both Twitter and email. And BeTheBest, you are right when you talk about a captive audience with email. But dancorkill, you are also right when you talk about putting good content on Twitter to get some quality followers.

Personally, I think you need to do both. So many people are anti-Twitter but it is an amzing networking tool - even if you don't use it to generate business directly.

I outlined a "getting started with Twitter" in this thread: http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/fo...ad.php?t=42982 Feel free to have a read and tell me what you think.

Thanks for starting a interesting discussion, smallbus01.

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Old 14th September 2011, 10:02 AM   #6
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It really depends on the business. To really make use of Twitter you firstly need something interest to say that people are going to want to read. It is most useful for long-term customers interested in an updates or new products, rather than a way to generate new customers.

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Hi!

Russell, you said:
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I outlined a "getting started with Twitter" in this thread: http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/fo...ad.php?t=42982 Feel free to have a read and tell me what you think.
Sounds good. I am going to drop you a PM. I have a serious interest in what you're doing.

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Yeah so many good uses besides getting business directly.

For example you have a technical problem or you need to hire a gun CS person. If you have 100 followers you can just ask them.

Twitter like anything, give before you get, if you want people to retweet your stuff, retweet other peoples stuff (if it's good and relevant).

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Old 22nd October 2011, 09:34 AM   #9
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For social media marketing, twitter and Facebook are the perfect places.

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Old 27th October 2011, 10:58 PM   #10
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Twitter is an extremely valuable tool and should be used by all businesses in some form or another. One concept not mentioned in this thread yet is using other people Twitter prowess to accomplish your goals. You do not even have to have your own Twitter account to leverage the system. Go to a site like

Fiverr

or

MyLikes (or the 10 other Twitter marketing services out there)

and have well respected and high profile members of the community advertise/promote for very little money. Twitter does not really take a lot of time or money to gain huge value from it.

Another thing not mentioned is Twitter can be a great research tool when looking at trends, conducting market research or following up to date news. I have a list of over a 100 Twitter applications that I have used in one way or another. Learned a lot from them and it really took very little time or cost to go through them all. One example of this would be something like:

Twitterfall

I used all the applications the OP mentions and he is right on that those are great resources to check out at very very little cost to a company.

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